Mike went to the doctor referred by the doctor from the emergency room visit a couple of weeks ago. He had been given steroids at the hospital, a five day course of treatment. That did knock the swelling back, but it returned. Only his right ankle this time, but it was very swollen and very painful.
The doctor today did talk about possible causes. At least it felt like a step beyond agreeing that there was swelling evident. He ordered some x-rays and some blood test and made an appointment for next week. He gave Mike a prescription for the pain, but he did a thorough review of his medications. He asked him to stop taking one for a few days before the blood tests so its side effects would not interfere with a measure of kidney function. I am hoping that the tests will lead to something that can be done.
I do think that I am now committed to attending every doctor's appointment with my dear husband who did not wear his hearing aids because he might hear something he doesn't want to hear. (Do you have any hearing or vision problems? What? Oh.)
Did you talk to your regular doctor about the swelling last summer? No.
Has any one talked to you about low kidney function? No. (They ER doctor did tell him kidney function was low and would need follow-up.)
Why are you not taking a blood thinner? I don't know. (He stopped taking it because he was getting terrible nose bleeds.)
Do you have problems with unusual bleeding. No, no. (Nose bleeds, constantly blood shot eyes, spurting blood from even minor cuts.)
Do you eat a lot of restaurant meals? Use a lot of salt? No, we don't eat out that much. My wife thinks I use too much salt, but I don't think that I use that much. (Here is a man who salts all his food before tasting it--Chinese food, pepperoni pizza, sausage included, even though we don't have that stuff on a regular basis.)
I am sure the doctor must have thought the Bickersons were in his office that day.